Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Filmmaker wins award for 'The Truly Truest Truth About Adolf Hitler'
Dani Levy, a Swiss-born, German Jewish filmmaker, accepted the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival's Freedom of Expression award for My Fuehrer: The Truly Truest Truth About Adolf Hitler earlier this week.
The comedy, which was released in Germany in January 2007 to mixed reviews, just made it's North American premier in San Fransisco last week.
The film is set in December 1944, during the final days of the Second World War and Hitler is supposed to deliver a New Year's Day rallying speech. Joseph Goebbels, his propaganda minister, notices that Hilter is too depressed about losing the war and isn't up to the task of delivering an uplifting speech, so he turns to a Jewish actor in a concentration camp to coach him.
The Jewish actor takes advantage of the situation and makes Hitler humiliate himself, by barking like a dog on all fours, and parading around in a track suit.
Throughout the film, Hitler, played by German comedian Helge Schneider, is portrayed as a "bed-wetting, impotent Nazi who plays with a toy battleship in his marble bath."
How could this movie not be funny?